Celine Dion’s mother Thérèse Tanguay Dion has passed away at 92-years-old.
Known as Maman Dion in Quebec, the Gaspé Peninsula native was the mother of 14 children and had her own cooking show on French-language network TVA.
Celine posted a tribute to her late mother on her social media on Friday afternoon: “Maman, we love you so much… We dedicate tonight’s show to you and I’ll sing to you with all my heart. Love, Celine xx.”
It had been announced during the summer of 2019, by Therese’s eldest daughter Claudette Dion, that Thérèse had been suffering a number of serious health issues, including hearing and vision impairment, as well as memory loss.
Quebec Minister for Seniors Marguerite Blais sent a message of condolence on her Twitter account recalling getting to present Thérèse with the Quebec National Assembly medal honouring her charitable work providing school supplies for kids in need.
Quebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy said it was “with sadness” she learned of the news and offered her sympathies to the Dion family.
Pascal Bérubé, the interim leader of the Parti Québécois, described Tanguay Dion as a person who was well appreciated by Quebecers and said she worked hard to help children.
Dion has a concert on Friday night in Miami, where she has promised to sing in honour of her Maman.
~ With Files From Kalina Laframboise, Globalnews.ca